It makes my day when I can be out riding my bike and find an apple tree close to the path—just waiting to provide a snack. When they are free, I love them no matter what variety of apple it is.
If you’re an Iowan who likes to grow or buy fresh apples, you might like to read the ISU Publication called Iowa-Grown Apples. It gives a little history of Iowa Apple production, plus shopping, storage, and eating tips.
When I buy apples, I select the variety based on taste, cost, and how I am going to use them. The best cooking apples have a good sweet-tart balance and their flesh doesn’t break down as they cook. If you would like a breakout of snacking versus cooking apples, plus healthy recipes for apple desserts and snacks that don’t add a ton of fat and calories, check out Jan Temple’s Apple Snack Handout.
-pointers from Peggy